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Perfect Pears: 19 Delicious & Juicy Pear Recipes for Fall

Pears are perfectly ripe in the fall, and are delicious in everything from salads to desserts to cocktails. While apples and pumpkin spice usually dominate the season, we're celebrating all things pear this autumn.


Pears are in season September through winter, and offer a sweet, juicy addition to our favorite fall recipes. A little milder than apples, and sweeter than pumpkin, we love throwing pears into our Thanksgiving side dishes, dessert pies and even fall sangrias. 

Even if you can't find local pears in season, Harry & David's famous Royal Riviera Pears are always ripe and juicy. So if you're craving some sweet pears this fall, get creative  and try out these 16 Perfect Pear recipes. 

1. Pear and Blue Cheese Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Brussels sprouts, you have to give this recipe a try. The tangy flavor combo of the sweet pears and rich blue cheese will make for a side dish no one will forget.

 

2. Apple Pear Cobbler 

We’ve all done the classic apple cobbler dessert. But why not add some more festive flavors and make an apple pear cobbler this year! Top it with ice cream, or even some whipped cream, and everyone will be begging for more.

 

3. Super Easy Pear Tart 

This beautiful tart looks impressive, and has a taste to match! But your guests won't believe how simple it is to make. And they won't care--they'll be too busy enjoying this tart å la mode! 

 

4. Pear Butter 

Who would believe that something like pear butter can be made in under an hour? Try out this delicious recipe and see for yourself! 

 

5. The Perfect Pear Galette 

We turned this traditional European treat into something that all your guests will love this season. It might sound like a delicious dessert, but we’re cutting it into slices and starting off our gathering with it.

 

6. The Perfect Pear Champagne Cocktail 

Any celebration calls for a signature cocktail. Try adding some pear puree to cold champagne for a fruity, fizzy drink.

 

7. Velvety Vanilla Pear Cocktail 

As the days get longer, it's easy to get stuck in an autumn rut! But ending a long day of work (or play) with a delicious treat like this cocktail makes us forget that the sun set early. It’s so good, it doubles as dessert.

 

8. Sparkly Pear Punch 

A fall punch would make the perfect drink for your next celebration. We’re obsessed with this one because depending on your guests it can be easily made for kids or adults alike.

 

9. Autumn Pear Mojito 

Thanks to this recipe, we’re thinking mojitos might be our drink of choice all year-round. With the addition of some pears and agave, we can imagine drinking these cocktails with a warm sweater on and pumpkin pie in hand.

 

10. Mini Pear Galettes with Caramel Sauce 

We all love caramel apples in the fall, but what about caramel pears? These mini Galettes are bite sized (perfect for party goers) and are a totally unexpected delicious treat.

 

11. Sparkling Pear and Vanilla Cocktail 

Fall in love this season, and not only with this sweet cocktail. We already used this recipe for an anniversary party, but why not make it part of all our lovely parties this season?

 

12. English Summer Pear Cider 

We’re not all beer fans. And why should those of us who don’t want to crack open a cold bottle be left to drink like the kids? This homemade cider will have even the biggest beer drinkers asking for another glass.

 

13. DIY Infused Pear Vanilla Vodka 

If you haven’t already tried to infuse your own vodka, you’re missing out! We love the idea of infusing vodka with vanilla and pear for a sweet flavor addition that's perfect for any cocktail. 

 

14. Pear Fizz Cocktail 

We originally brought this cocktail out for our festive NYE party, but why not enjoy this cocktail even earlier in the chilly months? With simple ingredients, it’s the perfect drink to toast everything with this season. 

 

15. Pear Ginger Margarita 

Pear mixes great with spicy ginger for the fall, which is why this cocktail will be the star of any fall celebration. With some pear and ginger simple syrup, tequila and ginger beer, it's the ideal cool weather cocktail your guests will love.

 

16. Sparkling Pear Sangria 

With the fall comes cozy sweaters and chilly nights with those we love. Why not make each night even more special with this sparkling sangria? With the seasons festive flavors floating right in the glass, you couldn’t ask for more fun fall flavors. 

 

17. Apple Pear Punch 

Whether you’re catering to the whole family or just the adults, this punch has the perfect mix of seasonal flavors. Pears and apples and ginger galore!

 

18. Brandied Pecan and Pear Salad 

We’re always looking for another great salad recipe to try. This one, topped with pears and brandied nuts is a great autumn twist that has us wishing we could eat it every night! 

19. Caramel-Dipped Baked Pears 

This recipe is perfect for a warm, fall dessert. It's a nice, fresh alternative to a standard pie with a heavy crust, but don't worry--it tastes just as sweet by itself as it a la mode! 

 

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